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Literary Halloween Costumes for Every Book Lover

Halloween time is here. Is your costume ready to go? If you're a book lover, you can answer that question in the affirmative, thanks to our book-inspired Halloween costumes! Costumes from Childhood Books When seeking inspiration for a literary Halloween costume, no need to look further than the books you loved as a child. Here are a few basics: Fairytales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, and so on) Dr. Seuss (Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who) Roald Dahl (Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends, etc.)
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4 ways to make students into writers--from a published author

When I went to see Markus Zusak, famed author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, I expected to learn a little more about his books and get my copy of The Book Thief signed. What I didn't expect was to walk away itching to write my own stories. But I did. And if what Mr. Zusak shared with his audience of nearly 500 fans at a local library on a Saturday night gave me the story-writing bug, I'm willing to bet it can help you get your students -- especially your struggling readers and reluctant writers -- a little more excited about creating their own stories. So what exactly did he say?
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